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Lookout Mountain, Golden

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Lookout Mountain is a foothill on the eastern flank of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 7377ft peak is located in Lookout Mountain Park, 2.7km west-southwest (bearing 245°) of downtown Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States.
Downtown Denver, 12 miles to the east, can be seen clearly from the mountain. It is known for its natural scenery and has played a major role in area recreation, transportation, water supply and telecommunications. The summit is famous as the gravesite of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody and has several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its earliest known inhabitants were the Ute tribe of American Indians, who used the mountain as a lookout point upon the surrounding region.
Built in 1913, the Lariat Loop road ascends from Golden up the steep east side of Lookout Mountain. Mountain bikers and hikers can also follow the Chimney Gulch trail, a difficult, narrow "single track" hiking trail that crisscrosses the Lariat Loop road twice on its way to the summit. Lookout Mountain is also popular with paragliders.
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  • We were in town for a basketball tournament and we drove up to Lookout Mountain. It was a short trip and the views were amazing. The added bonus was getting to scare my daughter with the turns and the...  more »
  • Lookout mountain far exceeds its name with spectacular views that were some of the best I had while visiting Colorado. Lariat Loop takes you up there from Golden and is full of plenty of switchbacks a...  more »
  • Easy and short drive up to about 7000 feet. Great views from the top of Golden, you can see downtown Denver, and on the other side at the peak you can see Cascades range. Worth the 20 minutes it will ...  more »
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  • Been coming here for years great small place to hike with beautiful scenery, with or without people. I would come here by myself sometimes lots of places to park beautiful night scenery as well
  • I'm sure the view is great, but we drove up Lookout Mountain on a foggy day...just because. And I'm giving it five stars because the drive was short and it unintentionally led us to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. Someday we will visit again when the clouds are thinner.
  • Beautiful place to take in the city skyline and the mountains. Perfect place to take out of towners and/or if you’re looking for a nice partial day hike.
  • Always a great view ! Check it out if you love nature and don't want to hike you can drive to the top and get out parking is free.
  • Words cannot explain how it felt to be on this mountain. You need to see it for yourself. Small Cafe at the top was great too. They served Nachos, Coffee, donuts, and even had a gift shop. You will also find a museum at the top commemerating Buffalo Bill and his Wild West shows. Great photo spots everywhere too! Definitely a must see!
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